Self Publish! It Can’t Get Any Worse

Soooo – You think Traditional Publishers always have your back?


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A friend, who knows I have been self-publishing my books since 1990, handed me a short article from Die Zeit. This is a German weekly, normally too heavy to lift with one hand – perhaps equivalent to The Observer, except it appears Thursdays for some obscure reason. The article was by Harald Martenstein, senior editor at the Tagespiegel. He is an author, with 17 titles to his name, through four publishers. I regret I have never read anything by him, apart from the two-column article of about 600 words. Here is the gist of his crie de coeur, (not a translation).

Book number one, he made a novice’s mistake. Stressed by other things, he assumed the proofs of his forthcoming book, wouldn’t need reading. Surely, an editor from the publishing house had done that. When he received his copies of the book, he discovered 350 errors (put in by the…

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  1. Thanks for this one. I jumped over to finish reading and was appalled. Below is a copy of the comment left on that blog.
    WOW! If the work in traditional publishing houses is shoddy, no wonder their industry is dying. Until I read this post, I was aware only of their marketing policies – 6 months, then remaindered, despite little to no help from them building an audience.

    Since my books are informational and my market is relatively vertical, I was thinking that the admin provided by taking the traditional route would be well worth the revenue hit — but now I think I would be wise to rethink that entirely.

    I wish people WOULD name these houses that do shoddy work. Surely it doesn’t matter that they won’t want to work with you again if this is how they do things – or don’t, as it seems from this post. As long as what is being said is factual, they don’t have a legal leg to stand on, so can’t really go after the author in court.

    Bad things continue to happen when good people remain silent and accountability is missing as a result.

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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